(CNSNews.com) - Kroger followed Walmart’s lead Tuesday in banning customers from openly carrying weapons in its stores even in states that allow it.
“Kroger is respectfully asking that customers no longer openly carry firearms into our stores, other than authorized law enforcement officers,” Kroger’s Jessica Adelman, who serves as group vice president of corporate affairs, said in a statement to CNBC on Tuesday.
“We are also joining those encouraging our elected leaders to pass laws that will strengthen background checks and remove weapons from those who have been found to pose a risk for violence,” she added.
The grocery store chain had already decided to stop selling firearms and ammunition through its Fred Meyer stores.
“A year ago, Kroger made the conscious decision to completely exit the firearm and ammunition business when we stopped selling them in our Fred Meyer stores in the Pacific Northwest,” Adelman said.
“Kroger has demonstrated with our actions that we recognize the growing chorus of Americans who are no longer comfortable with the status quo and who are advocating for concrete and common sense gun reforms,” she said.
As CNSNews.com previously reported, Kroger’s decision comes after Walmart announced it would not only ban open carry, but it would also stop selling certain ammunition in its stores.